Dear Future Students & Partnering Organizations:
My name is Richard “Lonewolf” Legan, & I’m located in the Kern River Valley & have been working for many years to start up my new school that will help local community & people around the world to learn & retain vital survival & disaster preparedness skills which also serve generally to improve peoples’ overall quality of life. Also, at the time of this devastating California drought, people have an increased sense of urgency in learning traditional uses of native plants– & they should!! The skills I offer will save peoples’ lives, & today many people still have no idea how much abundance is available to them from “God’s garden”– the wilderness!! For many years I have learned & continued to teach how to process wild plants & trees for their edible, medicinal, & utility uses, as well as many other survival skills. I’ve now been teaching over 40 years & have several original publications with several more currently in the making; I plan to continue teaching as long as I am able, which I do hope is still a very long time!
I’m a Vietnam & Cold War Era veteran, & have taught several military units over the years (view some credential letters here); I’ve taught at universities & colleges, & to both commercial & noncommercial classes of all sizes & skill levels, donating countless hours of community service in the process. At age 60, I have just opened up a survival & ethnobotany school here in the Kern River Valley that I’m working to develop into a federally-funded California State accredited school; as this process is still in-the-making & may take awhile to come to fruition, I’m looking to expand outreach to the local community & throughout the state to engage as much as possible in the coming months to continue teaching & begin fostering a dedicated & educated clientele who is as passionate about learning & teaching these skills as I am.
It is very important for me to pass on this knowledge while I’m still here on the planet, & to do so in a cost-effective manner which attracts revenue to the area rather than takes it away, so this endeavor is going to require not only fostering relationships with students, but also with other organizations in the area & around the state & nation who have similar goals. Helping to foster a “drought-resilient, self-sufficient Kern River Valley” should be of high importance to everyone; it needs to be approached with a sense of urgency which both transcends AND is driven by economics in a way which will continue generating revenue for the area for many years to come. Below, several ways to get involved, become more educated, & join the cause are listed along with links to corresponding sections which can be found throughout my website.
Also, as a veteran, it is very important to me that these skills are taught to both veterans & nonveterans amongst a safe & well-funded platform which helps to nourish peoples’ spirits & garner greater trust & appreciation for one another, especially between people who often come from very different walks of life. It is important to meet students “where they’re at” & to realize that each one has unique & sensitive needs. I am personally familiar with some of the many obstacles with which veterans face, & “re-integrating” amongst a safe atmosphere & getting to know nonveteran students among the wilderness is a great way to peel back the layers & begin to become a functioning & loving member of society. Richard Lonewolf Survival School has the power to help bring very different people together in nature & begin learning amongst a “team atmosphere”, wherein “working together” can be shown directly to the students as not only a good idea, but also as a matter of survival. In the wilderness, setting aside personal differences & working together is essential to survival, & students not only walk away with a greater sense of purpose & heightened sense of needing to attain self-sufficiency, but they also walk away with a greater appreciation of others & our need as a species to work together & think about real life matters (ecology, where resources come from, cultural understanding & appreciation, etc.). When living in the city, it can be easy to simply forget about where your resources come from, whereas in the wilderness a person learns to use what they have as efficiently & effectively as possible. When you have to purify your own water, you won’t waste a drop! When you have to gather your own firewood, you will build small fires & use the energy efficiently. When you have to harvest your own plants, you are sure to always replant & to harvest responsibly so that there will be more available in the coming years. Only in the wilderness does the phrase “less is more” truly make sense. When dealing firsthand with gathering your own resources, it is amazing how environmental considerations that would otherwise seem of secondary or non-concern to a city slicker to become of vital firsthand concern when faced with the fact that “if you run out– its’ gone!”. “Conservation” transforms from an idea into a goal. In the wilderness, all the sciences come together– sociology (working together for survival, overcoming differences), law (permits, fire safety, camping laws, etc.), environmental sciences, work & economics (lazy people “stick out” in the woods real fast!), chemistry (which is all rooted in ethnobotany), & many other sciences. In the woods, science, life skills, & spiritual lessons all come together & begin to make sense in a way that “life in the city” can often shield people from, & there is no better to place on the planet to learn these skills than among America’s beautiful public wildlands, of which we are surrounded by here in the Kern River Valley. The American people are truly blessed to have access to the great outdoors in the ways that we do, & I am truly blessed to be able to establish Richard Lonewolf Survival School to help serve a “liaison & friend” for people to begin to realize just how truly blessed we really are by helping them to safely access the wilderness & provide abundance for themselves & the people around them in an ecologically-responsible way that will ensure the health of the wildlands, increase national security, & create a stronger America for generations to come.
I am currently reaching out to raise awareness about the presence of my new school & to extend services to anyone who may be interested. I’m also seeking to raise seed funding & help grow Richard Lonewolf Survival just like a plant– from the ground up!! The more successful the school becomes, the more lives we can touch, the more instructors we can train, & the more educated, drought-resilient, & abundant the Kern River Valley & the State of California will become. Here are some ways that people are able to get involved & begin learning immediately AND help us to begin driving forth a new & vital part of Kern’s & America’s economic AND ecological future:
purchase any of our educational books & DVDs
book a class or event for your California-based organization & make a mutual financial offering on behalf of the school
offer to help us in another way we have not yet considered
let other organizations know about our works & goals & encourage support
make a donation via direct deposit, PayPal, debit, cash, or Western Union
My most needed item:
Toyota 2015 FJ Cruiser for off-road & backcountry travel & on-site documentation & broadcasting: $37,488
Thank you joining forces with Richard Lonewolf Survival School!
Richard “Lonewolf” Legan
Founder & CEO of Richard Lonewolf Survival School